Thursday lunchtime and a new venture: the southern committee of AIBF, the professional organisation for bankers in this part of the world. Thursday night was the dinner where the old reporting team from Credit Risk got back together. We're all still with the bank, but the diaspora means that we don't see each other much. So Michael, Michael, Ming and I went off to Arizona bar after work before adjourning to Daawat for a curry.
Friday: another day, another load of work, another lunch. You know how it all goes by now. Viv went out to Kid's Games again, I recorded "Blue Heelers" but spent most of the time looking around the movie database at http://www.imdb.com for various bits and pieces.
Saturday dawned as Christopher's 9th birthday (and jiggery_pokery's k-day, if I remember correctly, but that's not important here) and so we were up early opening presents, taking photographs and receiving phone calls. Still, Matthew had to go to cricket. That proved to be a waste of time, as although the weather was fine, there was no sign of his game - so he rejoined us for a breakfast purchased from a well known international food company.
We spent some time getting ready for Christopher's party, but several disasters befell us this morning. The first one was the worst: somehow, the shoe polish in my briefcase burst open/was trodden on/was damaged/broke and so there was dodgy black ink all over the kitchen. This turned out to be not so bad as it might have been. The polish is very liquid and washed out of floors, clothes, hats and so forth very easily, fortunately. Soon after that, I nearly flooded the kitchen by leaving the hot water tap running. Not good, but major damage saved by a few seconds. All the water was still in the sink or on the bench. The fact that we had run out of milk pales into insignificance by comparison. After that, Viv sent us all out to the "March Madness" fair down in Stokes Valley. We had a variety of things for lunch there, mostly of the sausage sizzle or fried rice variety. A local guy was selling off a mass of his videotapes at very low prices. I took advantage of the opportunity and purchased six of them, at a total of $20.
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